The Hunger Games

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Cinna is Katniss’s stylist for the games, earning her the nickname “girl on fire” with the costumes he designs. Cinna becomes Katniss’s friend, instructing her to be herself for the interviews. Unlike other residents of the Capitol, he seems to recognize the brutal and exploitative practices of the Capitol and to sympathize—or more—with the Districts.

Cinna Quotes in The Hunger Games

The The Hunger Games quotes below are all either spoken by Cinna or refer to Cinna. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scholastic Press edition of The Hunger Games published in 2010.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Cinna has given me a great advantage. No one will forget me. Not my look, not my name. Katniss. The girl who was on fire.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Cinna
Page Number: 70
Explanation and Analysis:

Katniss has an important ally during the early days of the Hunger Games--her stylist, Cinna. Cinna is a talented designer and makeup artist who's been tasked with finding the right "look" for Katniss. Cinna steps up to the task and creates a fiery, highly memorable outfit for Katniss, one that makes her stand out from the other competitors and earns her the crowd's admiration.

Thanks to Cinna, Katniss begins to realize the importance of glamour and spectacle in the Hunger Games. It's not enough to "play the game"--Katniss must also seduce the audience, convincing them to sponsor her and send her supplies. In short, Cinna teaches Katniss an important lesson: win the crowd and you'll win the Games.


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Cinna Character Timeline in The Hunger Games

The timeline below shows where the character Cinna appears in The Hunger Games. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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When her stylist, Cinna, arrives in the room, Katniss is surprised by how natural he looks. The only thing... (full context)
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Katniss puts on a robe, and she and Cinna walk into a sitting room, where they sit by a window revealing the city. With... (full context)
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...assumes that she and Peeta will be in some kind of coal mining getup. However, Cinna tells her that he believes the coal mining idea is overdone. Instead, he says, he... (full context)
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...ankle to neck, with a fluttering cape made of streams of orange, yellow, and red. Cinna plans to light the cape on fire right before their chariot takes to the streets.... (full context)
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When it’s their turn to roll out, Cinna lights the fake flames and gestures for Peeta and Katniss to hold hands. The flames... (full context)
Chapter 6
Division and Control Theme Icon she hurries away from the table. When Katniss turns back, the four adults—Haymitch, Effie, Cinna, and his partner, Portia—are watching her carefully. Effie says that the girl is an Avox,... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...match her own. Katniss feels annoyed by the twin act, but she decides to trust Cinna because she respects him. Katniss feels nervous about their first training day, during which she’ll... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Katniss down to dinner, Katniss decides to go. Everyone is seated at the table, including Cinna and Portia, and for a while, the adults talk about the weather. Finally, Haymitch announces... (full context)
Chapter 9
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In the morning, the prep team gets Katniss ready for her interview. Cinna has designed a dress for her that’s made out of gems, fashioned to look like... (full context)
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...each tribute. When it’s Katniss’s turn, she’s extremely nervous but tries to be honest as Cinna advised her to be. When Caesar asks her what’s impressed her most about the Capitol,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...and heading back to her room. She sleeps fitfully for the remaining hours and then Cinna comes to see her before dawn, giving her a simple shift to wear before she... (full context)
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When the hovercraft lands, Cinna and Katniss find themselves in a room below the arena, where Katniss changes into the... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Katniss follows Cinna to get ready. He’s designed a very simple looking yellow dress that makes Katniss appear... (full context)
Chapter 27
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The next morning, Katniss joins her prep team and Cinna as they dress her for her interview. When it’s time to talk to Caesar, Katniss... (full context)